MONTREAL ACTRESS FACES ONLINE ONSLAUGHT AFTER BEING MISIDENTIFIED IN CAMPAIGN AD

Adina Katz says she’s still reeling from the barrage of attacks she received from social media users who misidentified her in a video posted to Scheer’s social media earlier this month.

Montreal actress Adina Katz, shown in a handout photo, is calling on voters to think critically about what they see online after finding herself at the centre of a political onslaught over being misidentified in a campaign video for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Katz says she's still reeling from the barrage of attacks she's received from social media users who falsely accused her of portraying a cancer survivor in a video posted to Scheer's social media earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-John Gilbert MANDATORY CREDIT

MONTREAL — A Montreal actress is calling on voters to think critically about what they see online after being falsely accused of appearing in a campaign video for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

Adina Katz says she’s still reeling from the barrage of attacks she received from social media users who misidentified her in a video posted to Scheer’s social media earlier this month.

In the video, a woman who introduces herself as Adina discusses health care with Scheer citing her experience as a cancer survivor, and says she’ll be voting Conservative.

Katz says she was on vacation in Connecticut last week when a friend sent her a text to alert her that her name and image were circulating on Twitter.

She says she stayed up all night trying to refute attacks calling her a terrible and “immoral” actress who would pretend to be a cancer survivor for a paycheque.

The 41-year-old actress says the online ambush, which also included insults about her appearance, has given her insight into the harms of cyberbullying.

A spokesperson for Scheer did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Canadian Press

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